A three-year programme aimed at tackling depression, anxiety and substance abuse among Luton's homeless youth was granted another three years of funding last year by the Big Lottery Fund.
The mental health service, Open Minds was awarded for the second time a grant of almost £278,000 by the Big Lottery Fund to provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to support vulnerable young people in Luton. This project aims to help them develop much more positive ways of coping with life's stresses and the challenges they might be facing in the course of their homelessness
Open Minds also supports young people who suffer from other difficulties such as socialising, phobias, obsessive behaviours, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and problems with relationships and families.
Most of the service users who took part previously were able to complete their education and were able to access part/full-time or voluntary employment – hassle free.
Four local organisations are involved in the scheme – the University of Bedfordshire (UoB), Luton Community Housing (LCH), Mary Seacole Housing Association and Signposts Luton.
Michael Moses, Project Leader at LCH, commented: "Open Minds is a project that allows several organisations in the community to join forces and help vulnerable young people within the community. We would like to thank everybody that supports the National Lottery, because without them this wouldn't be possible."
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